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ADOPT A PET: Meet Darious

ADOPT A PET: Meet Darious

 

ATLANTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Forecasters say temperatures will plummet to the teens and 20s across north Georgia Monday night as extremely cold air pushes into the state.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has also issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Monday. Winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph are expected in central and north Georgia.

WEATHER BLOG | Time running out to prepare for hard freeze

Authorities say the low temperature could fall to around 16 degrees in Blairsville and other communities in the north Georgia mountains.

The weather service says temperatures in Atlanta could dip to around 22 degrees Monday night and 20 degrees Tuesday night before warmer weather begins to raise temperatures around mid-week.

Sunday alcohol sales start in seven metro cities

ATLANTA -- Customers were waiting outside when the doors to Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits in Buckhead opened for the first time ever on a Sunday.

"I'm loving this. It's great," said radio personality Rich "Sully" Sullivan, who was among the first customers in line.

Atlanta was one of eight cities in metro Atlanta starting Sunday alcohol sales on New Year's Day. The others were Riverdale, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Holly Springs, Norcross, Hapeville and Stockbridge.

"It's been surprisingly busy," said David Greenbaum, Tower's General Manager. "We've had so many people coming in. Hopefully, every Sunday will be like this."

Tower employees removed the "Closed on Sundays" sign then handed out chocolates to customers.

The start of Sunday sales comes almost two months after voters approved the measure in November. In most communities, the vote was overwhelming.

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

Nominate your favorite do-gooder for the 11Alive Community Service Awards

ATLANTA -- Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for the hard work that he or she does to make metro Atlanta a better place?

Nominate your favorite philanthropist for the 2012 11Alive Community Service Awards.

For the last 37 years, the 11Alive Community Service Awards have honored some of the most caring, giving, selfless members of the community. A total of 11 people are recognized every year during a televised dinner and awards ceremony.

Each recipient receives $1,000 for the charity of his or her choice.

To nominate someone, visit the 11Alive Community Service Awards website to get all the information. Nominations are due no later than Monday, Jan. 9.

New Year's food: Your year is what you eat

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Across the nation, as people prepare to celebrate the new year, for some, special meals are being prepared. What you eat on New Year's Day is supposed to signify "good things" to come over the course of the year.

Lentils and black-eyed peas are supposed to signify coins and, more particularly, money and wealth. Hoppin' John is a prepared dish of black-eyed peas and rice very common across the South that is a regular staple of New Year's dinner tables. Other dishes prepped with black-eyed peas include Texas Caviar, which is usually prepared with corn and bell peppers, though some recipes go as far as to include black beans and celery.

It's no surprise that leafy green vegetables signify money. In the South, greens -- collards or mustards & turnips, take your pick -- are usually the vegetable of choice, though in other parts of the nation, cabbage or sauerkraut tend to be more common.

DEKALB | Marquel's Pledge aims to end celebratory gunfire

DECATUR, Ga. -- It's been nearly two years since a four-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed while sitting in church.

Now, DeKalb County officials are urging residents to avoid firing guns to ring in the new year.

Marquel's Pledge, a community initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of celebratory gunfire, was enacted in late 2010.

It was named for Marquel Peters, who was struck by a stray bullet at the Church of God of Prophecy in Decatur just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2010. Police believe a New Year's Eve reveler fired the fatal shot.

CDC | PeachCare for Kids gets $5 million boost

CDC | PeachCare for Kids gets $5 million boost

ATLANTA -- Georgia is getting nearly $5 million from the federal government to make it easier for children to enroll in PeachCare for Kids.

Georgia is one of 23 states sharing $296 million in performance bonuses from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for providing more access to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

It's the first time the state has received a performance bonus since the insurance program was reauthorized in 2009.

Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than one million more children across the country have enrolled in CHIP since re-authorization.